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July 24, 2023

News to Know

Airlines Are Teaming up to Address This Controversial Problem With Air Travel

Most people are well aware of how the burning of fossil fuels contributes to our planet’s warming temperatures, but for many of us, contrails are more of a mystery. But that may soon change, thanks to a recently formed task force designed specifically to tackle contrails.

Contrails are long, white, whispy clouds that shoot out of an airplane as the result of moisture condensing and freezing as it leaves an engine flying at high altitudes.

Now, airlines are coming together to figure out how to reduce their impact. The new task force was informed by a 2020 study, which found that contrails almost double the aviation industry’s contributions to climate change.

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IATA Wants Proposed Brussels Airport Night Flight Ban to Be Scrapped (SIMPLE FLYING)

Extreme Temperatures Force US Airlines to Shed Passengers and Reduce Fuel Loads (IRISH TIMES)


Hotels Are Set to Report Earnings. Here’s What Analysts Expect. (SKIFT)


Evidence Show There Could Be 50% Modal Shift to Rail If Competition Were Introduced onto More Long- Distance Routes in Europe. (ALL RAIL)


Travel & Expense Spend Management Is Growing in Importance (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Americans Will Need to Apply Online to Enter Europe Starting in 2024 (FODORS)

How Chinese OTAs Turned Around 3 Years of COVID Isolation (PHOCUSWIRE)

UK Government Extends Use of eGates to Travellers Aged Ten Years and Over (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

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GBTA Elections
Help Determine the Future of GBTA

It’s election time and an opportunity to make your voice heard and to help shape the future of GBTA.

The open Board positions in the 2023 Election are as follows:

The GBTA Board of Directors plays a critical role in shaping the future path of our association and therefore the industry. Please exercise your vote to elect our next Board members. Active GBTA members (Direct and Allied) are eligible to vote on all elected positions. (Need to renew your membership? Click here.)

The candidates running for the Board open seats presented their vision for GBTA at the Candidate Forum. You can also review election materials and platform statements from all the candidates on the GBTA Elections website.

The 2023 elections are conducted online through a third-party service. Online voting is open through Friday, August 11 at 5:00 PM EST. Election results will be announced on Tuesday, August 15 at GBTA Convention 2023. Active "Voting" GBTA members (Direct and Allied) are eligible to vote on ALL five open Board positions. To renew your membership, click here.

If you have not received your voting email or have questions about the online voting process, contact Shane Downey at [email protected] or Election Services Corp. by email at [email protected] or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357).


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

China and Vietnam - Typhoon Doksuri tracking west-northwestward east of the Philippines early July 24. Close approach to far northern Philippines early July 26.

Greece - Emergency crews working to extinguish wildfires across Greek island of Rhodes as of July 23. Evacuations, flight cancellations ongoing.

Papua New Guinea - Air Niugini suspends flights at Kagamuga International Airport, Papua New Guinea, as of July 21. Additional flight cancelations likely.

United Kingdom - Transport unions for Underground staff in London, UK, cancel strikes planned for July 23-28.

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Aug 13 - 15

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

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November 14 - 16

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